03 July 2020 Share
International winners sweep the board
The UKLA Book Award winners for 2020 have just been announced.
The 3-6+ category has been won by Chinese-American author Arree Chung for Mixed, which also had previously won the overall Children's Book Award prize from the Federation of Children's Book Groups in 2019. This book was praised by judges for tackling challenging themes, such as racism and prejudice, in a way that does not scare or confuse children and yet worked effectively across the whole primary age range.
The 7-10+ category was won by debut American author Alyssa Hollingsworth with The Eleventh Trade. She said "I am so honoured that The Eleventh Trade has been chosen for the UKLA Award for 7-10+. Sami's story is about the power of community to spread hope, and I'm deeply moved by the number of readers who have joined him on his journey." Judges admired the light touch and sensitive handling of the horrors that refugee Sami fled from and helping children understand the barriers he faces in a "safe" country.
Canadian author Susin Nielsen chalked up a second UKLA award in the 11-14+ category for No Fixed Address, which judges valued for the way it humanised the hard-hitting subject of homelessness. She had previously won with The Secret Diary of Henry K Larson in 2017. Susin said "I am over the moon at this honour! I feel like I've always had a special connection with the UK, and it tickles me to no end that my novels seem to "travel well" to your neck of the woods. And speaking of travel, I also long for the day when I can come for a visit again … and possibly celebrate this lovely award in person. A huge thanks to all of the teachers, librarians, students and others for all of your hard work - awards like this have a huge impact, not just for authors but also for readers - another way to get kids excited about books!"
For full information see https://ukla.org/awards/